The Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known
as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property
and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at:
directions, and our Venue page to learn more about this beautiful historic building.
Mayor Colleen Mahr and The Fanwood Arts Council Present
Rebecca Pronsky is a born and raised Brooklynite whose music is “as urban as it is rural, not afraid to be sophisticated” (Maverick). Her
songs are gritty and dark, layered and dreamy, bravely disobeying the usual conventions of the Americana genre. She has been described as
an artist whose “voice conveys the wisdom of experience over a wash of noirishly twangy guitars” (NPR) and a “jazzy-folk female Chris Isaak”
Rebecca has been singing since she was in elementary school and added songwriting to her repertoire around age 16 when she picked up the
guitar for the first time. She went on to study Ethnomusicology and jazz at Brown University and came home to Brooklyn with a diploma and
a demo CD. She soon met guitarist and composer Rich Bennett, who has been her musical partner and co-producer ever since. In 2015, Rebecca
and Rich launched Acme Hall Studios, a recording studio and music education space in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where they both teach, record,
and inspire musicians of all levels.
Rebecca has been featured on NPR’s Song of the Day, WFUV Sunday Breakfast, BBC Scotland, and BBC 6. She has twice been a regional finalist
in the Mountain Stage NewSong competition and her songs have appeared on television shows such as Breaking Amish, Usta Usta, and 90210. She
recently appeared singing on an episode of NPR’s “This American Life.”
In a decade of touring, Rebecca has criss-crossed the US and Europe, appearing at clubs and festivals. She has shared the stage with
Shawn Colvin, Loudon Wainwright III, Madeleine Peyroux, Peter Case, Josh Ritter, Freedy Johnston, Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric,
Patty Larkin, and Steve Forbert.
“Rebecca Pronsky addresses the struggles of a generation attempting to get by. Over a propulsive beat and a wash of noirishly twangy
guitars. Pronsky’s voice conveys the wisdom of experience without crossing the line into defeatist world-weariness.” ~ NPR, SONG OF THE DAY
Singer Songwriter Shawna Caspi sings of love, travel, home, and heart, distilling each experience into a series of vibrant snapshots, coloured with humour
and grace and arranged with care and craft. Her latest release, Apartments for Lovers, is a solo guitar and voice album that showcases her
rich voice and remarkable fingerstyle guitar technique.
Shawna Caspi made her Calgary debut at the Nickelodeon with a set that featured three big plusses: exceptional singing, outstanding fingerstyle
guitar artistry, and stellar songwriting. Our audience loved it all. – Vic Bell, Calgary, AB, Artistic Director, Nickelodeon Music Club
As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and
various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)
Our newest sponsor is Ahrre's Coffee Roastery in Westfield and Summit! Ahrre's has graciously offered to donate both decaf and regular coffee, as well as
train our vollunteers how to brew and dispense their carefully roasted coffee correctly! We will be brewing up Ahrre's delicious coffees and offering it to
you in our brand new, commercial, insulated dispensers!
Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep
the beverages that they are donating cold.
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They
are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic
Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!
Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students.
This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.